Cedar Point's Windseeker NOW OPEN!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:04 PM
rollergator's avatar

Brian Noble said:
PS: I am an actual engineer, but the wrong kind, so YMMV.

Re: engineers. Small joke I saw the other day...

A Mech.E., Systems E., and Software E were driving down a steep mountain road when the brakes failed.The driver desperately pumped the brakes while careening down narrow cliff-edges and the passengers tried not to panic. The driver spots an impossibly corner, then sees an escape route into a hedge with a haystach directly beyond, a jerks the car through the brush where it comes to a screeching halt in the hay. The engineers all get out, shaken but relieved, and take turns assessing the situation.

The Mechanical engineer says "Hmmmm, , looks like a brake line was leaking. Let repair the split, bleed the brakes, and get on our way."

The Sys.E. thinks for a moment and says "Maybe we need to contact the manufacturer and dealer to confirm exactly what the problem is..."

The software engineer slowly climbs into the driver's seat, gesturing for the others to come into the car, and says "How about we just get back on the road and see if it happens again?"

Last edited by rollergator, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:04 PM
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:45 PM

Similarly:

Q; How many software engineers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: No one knows; it's a hardware problem.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:21 PM
Vater's avatar

Optimist: The glass is half full.
Pessimist: The glass is half empty.
Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 4:57 PM
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To err is human....

To really foul things up requires a programmer...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 5:34 PM

Vater said:
Optimist: The glass is half full.
Pessimist: The glass is half empty.
Engineer: The glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

This one is my personal favorite, I have said that on more than one occasion. :D

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 6:58 PM

Just so you know I am paying attention when called...back on page 1 someone asked about the fore-aft motion...

I haven't got a clue...that pivot surprised me, too. 8-)

Also, while I appreciate the engineering sentiment that the glass is too big, I am more inclined to think the bottle was too small.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 7:05 PM
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I thought the boats were too big?


Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:14 PM

To be fair, I am finishing up my mechanical engineering degree. Not quite an arm-chair engineer, but not quite a full-titled engineer either :)

And again, I never looked at the assembly in person yet so I can not fully say for sure, but I could just imagine there would be a better method to prevent the bumping issues. Bushings, shocks/springs, larger more robust pivot assembly if you could call it that...

There may not even be an issue at all, who knows. But I could not imagine that type of motion being "normal". As somebody said on the previous page, they may have already completed the tweaks to solve any issues. I am sure it will all be fine! That is why you do ride testing anyway, right?

Last edited by SteveWoA, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:30 PM
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:55 PM
Jeff's avatar

That was kind of my point. That one car on one video got to swinging where there may have been some incidental contact makes not a trend or tragic failure.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:55 PM

There wasn't a tragic accident on Terminal Velocity (The Dells) before there was a tragic accident on Terminal Velocity. In hindsight there seems to be general consensus that the ride was flawed.

Even if nothing gets/got fixed on Windseeker I'm not expecting any tragic accident. But, I could see some leg/knee injuries if it isn't (or hasn't) been addressed.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 1:28 PM
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I don't at all. I think you're seeing something more violent than what was actually experienced.

The bottom line is, if someone was at some type of known risk of getting that injured, it would not be open.

Mountain, meet mole hill. Mole hill, Mountain.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 1:32 PM
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I'd be more concerned about groin injuries. I'm 5'8", so pretty much average height, and I had to jump to get over the hump on the front of the seat (which made it swing forward and back after I got in place). I'm not sure why the ride couldn't be designed to go closer to the ground, to facilitate getting in and out.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 1:51 PM

You are 5'8" and had trouble getting on? Wow.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 2:50 PM
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I'm 5'-9-1/2" and it's not the easiest thing I've gotten into either. I've had to help some friends in and out of the ride.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 3:14 PM
Jerry's avatar

I heard something in my rice krispies this morning - and it wasn't "Snap", "Crackle", "Pop" - It sounded more like -

"Slip", "Fall", "Lawsuit"

But then again, I like to overreact :-)

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 3:20 PM
Jeff's avatar

Perhaps they need the squishy stuff they use under Wicked Twister.


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 4:12 PM
Jerry's avatar

I think that is an excellent idea Jeff - Yes - something that would drain out, like the rubber jogging track material.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 4:28 PM
Jerry's avatar

With a little bit of a sub surface for height - this stuff is very durable.

http://www.centaurfloors.com/products/fastrack/index.htm

My Gym just put something similar in.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011 4:29 PM
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It wasn't so much that I had trouble getting up and in, but in hopping over the ballbuster my first thought was, "hmm, that was kinda close." My 5'6" friend said he had a little trouble getting *out* of the seat, but nothing major.

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Friday, June 24, 2011 12:20 AM

birdhombre said:
I'm not sure why the ride couldn't be designed to go closer to the ground, to facilitate getting in and out.

It's not an easy mount -- or dismount.

I saw a pre-teen kid try to get off the ride by twisting himself off clockwise. He wound up tip-toeing on his left foot as his right foot got stuck for 5 seconds or so.

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